Indian panchayat absolves gang rapists of married Muslim woman after payment of “compensation”


Kashi Prasad, TNN

MUNGER: Making a mockery of justice, a self-styled panchayat, or village court, of elders at Garhi village in Bihar’s Jamui district ordered four youths to pay a total of Rs 85,000 to a married Muslim woman as compensation for her gang rape by them and also decreed that the “defiled” woman would have to divorce her husband and look for another suitor.


A village panchayat in Bihar’s Jamui district ordered four youths to pay a total of Rs 85,000 to a married Muslim woman as compensation for her gang rape by them.

Rubina Khatoon (name changed) was allegedly gang-raped in October last. The panchayat’s judgment came in December, two months after the 22-year-old lodged an FIR in the Khaira police station against her four tormentors. The murky episode came to light on Friday when police turned heat on the FIR accused and one of them surrendered in the court of Jamui CJM Mohd Ajazuddin. Reetlal Ravidas even produced a copy of the written agreement reached with Rubina at the panchayat meeting, and sought bail on this ground.

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